Expat banker arrested over fatal HK Ferrari crash
A senior foreign banker was arrested in Hong Kong after his Ferrari was involved in a crash in a car park which killed a security guard, reports said Wednesday.
Police said the 48-year-old driver — identified by the South China Morning Post as Robert Ebert, the head of equities for Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank — was arrested on “suspicion of dangerous driving causing death.”
The paper said Ebert was later bailed without charge.
“When reaching the car park’s entrance, the private car reportedly lost control and collided with another private car ... It then hit ... a 53-year-old man who was next to the water barriers,” police said in a statement.
“Sustaining serious head and shoulder injuries, the 53-yearold man... was certified dead at 2 p.m.,” the statement said.
Police said the collision happened early Tuesday in a car park near the Deutsche Bank office in the city’s International Commerce Centre tower. They identified the 48-year-old driver only as a foreign man named James.
Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank declined comment on the incident.
The Post reported that the Ferrari had been bought for HK$4.5 million (US$585,000) in 2013.
The front page of the Apple Daily newspaper showed police officers checking the wrecked black Ferrari, while a video on the newspaper’s website showed the driver wearing a dark blue suit and avoiding reporters’ cameras.